During the Covid-19 lockdown, I have written and produced a book for my younger brother Jack.
He was an amazing and beautiful man who struggled with addiction, depression and the illness.Yet over a period of twelve years, he made an amazing array of artwork, which is illustrated in the book and on this website.
I will be launching his book on World AIDS Day: 1st December 2020 at the Hares and Hyenas Bookshop.
Below is the invitation made for the event.
Pages from the book
Spirit Dancer. 1994. Mixed media on card. 45 x 30cm.
I am not a realist painter due to the reason that I live with realism everyday.
Surrealism is the core of my imagination.
My art is now, it is not past or future, and it will always be the present.
Jack Linou; 1993
Untitled. 1995. Mixed media on Polaroid. 11 x 8cm.
This web site in dedicated to my younger Brother Jack Linou, who battled with drug addiction and living with HIV and died at the age of 33 in 1997.
Jack diligently applied himself to learn about a range of arts practices from a self – tutoring process. He was a naïve self-taught artist working outside of the normal realm of visual arts.
His work is exciting, unique and has a quality that distinctly separates him from the general field of artists, as he followed his own intuitive response to recording his experiences through illustrations, poetry and performance.
Even thou we are in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, where the COVID virus is threatening many lives. This site is also a way to provide a platform that continues to keep HIV / AIDS awareness of those gone but not forgotten. There was a time in the 1980’ where the fear of HIV/AIDS was perceived to stem from the disposable community; gays, prostitutes and drug users.
Sadly my brother Jack was a drug user and contracted the virus through a shared syringe. Jack in those days and other drug users were consider a low priority.
Hence why its crucial to reminding people that amongst the thousands of numbers and statistics of death, that a pandemic creates and of the many ripples of sorrow that a single virus can affect many families and friends.
The site is based on a book launch that showcases a collection of Jack Linou’ artwork, in commemoration of World AIDS day, and to continue the of awareness of HIV /AIDS .
The book is another symbol of remembrance and this commemoration is woven into pages that celebrate the art of Jack Linou.
This site documents and honours his life and his 12 years of art practice.
The book is available to purchase, at $54.99, though this website of at Hares and Hyenas Bookshop
Untitled. 1993. Mixed media on card. 15 x 8cm.
.... Testimonials from people appearing in the book ....
"I like an artist who is unique and stands out with a their own style and Jack was a unique artist. You knew it was a Jack work straight away"
"Words unspoken - I am sure everybody has some. Regrets and wishes are probably there too, but lasting forever are memories of Jack"
"A good and bad thing came out of Jack having HIV. It gave him an opportunity to become an artist, but the virus killed him."
"His incredible drive to create and express himself led to the huge artistic output he amassed over a relatively short time."
"I didn't quite comprehend the gravity of his struggles living with addiction and HIV."
"Jack showed me another part of life, and I proudly have his art work hanging on the walls in my home."
"He pursued his own uniqueness by sneaking across the borderline of convention"
"Jack danced to his own beat, fast and reckless, slow and chilled, it was Jack’s way"